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Building and Construction Division


The construction division is responsible for enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). These statutes and codes are used in every community throughout the State of New Jersey as a method to issue permits and conduct the inspection necessary to ensure the welfare and safety of the public.

Permits are required for most construction work and mechanical replacements. it is always best to consult with the Construction Division staff to verify if permits are required for any project you wish to undertake.

In order to issue various permits, there are many instances where the Construction Division must interact with other departments within the city. Some of those departments may include the Board of Health, engineering, Planning and Zoning, Flood Plain Management and various Historic Commissions. It may be necessary for the application to obtain the approval of another department or division before a construction permit can be issued. The Construction Division staff is available to help guide the applicant through the process.

Construction Division address: 508 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Construction Division Main Number: 908.226.2665
Construction Official: Robert Schmid []
Fire Sub-Code Official: Matthew O'Keefe []
Plumbing Sub-Code Official: Paul Klink []
Electrical Sub-Code Official: Joseph Hovanec []
Building Sub-Code Official: Keith Snyder []
Technical Assistant: Dawn Cooper []
Clerk: Suzanne Lashley []

Construction Permit Forms
The state of New Jersey has standardized forms to use for construction permit applications. These forms can be accessed on their website [] where you can link to forms, codes, and other helpful information. All Zoning, Board of Health, engineering and Planning forms unique to the City of Plainfield can be found on our website under their respective departments.

frequently asked questions

1. When do i need a construction permit? Permits are required for most construction activities, modifying wall partitions and installation or replacement of HVAC equipment. All questions can be directed to the Construction Division main number 908.226.2665 or by emailing the staff for further instructions on how to get a permit.

2. How will i know when my permit is ready? When a permit is ready, our staff will call the applicant or contractor listed on the application. The permit fee will be given, and the appropriate checks can be made out to "The City of Plainfield".

3. How do I schedule an inspection? Please call the Construction Division main number at 908.226.2665.  If you are unsure of what inspections you will need for your project, the appropriate Sub-Code Official can assist you. Please note that all work must be completed and ready for inspection prior to scheduling an inspection, please do not schedule and inspection in anticipation. In most cases, inspection request can be honored on two (2) days' notice.

4. How long does it take to get a permit? Once all prior approvals from the other city departments are given and the Construction Division application is fully completed, the State of New Jersey allows for a 20-day review period to either approve or deny the permit. We are generally able to review and respond within ten (10) days.